Reviews of the Best Car Battery Boosters in 2015
There are few things that are more annoying than trying to start your car, only to find out that battery is flat. It’s frustrating, and it often leads to all sorts of problems, finding a jump starter or a good samaritan that can jump start your car for you (if they have jump start cables that is!). Then you got the whole butterfly effect going …
It could be anything from leaving the lights on, a bad battery, and not driving the car for a long time. I own a few vintage cars that I don’t drive in the winter, and I store them in a garage. I try to start them every once in a while, but if it’s more than a few weeks between, the jump starter comes in handy.
A simple cure for this, is to keep a jump starter — also known as a battery booster — available in your car. They’re inexpensive, doesn’t take up a lot of room and really … There is no reason not to have one. Your future you will thank you that one day when you’re late for a meeting, and your car won’t start, and you got it fixed in no time! I know that there is plenty of ways you can start a dead car, but none are as reliable and easy to use as a booster.
I’ve made this website to make it easy for you to find a jump starter that matches your car and budget, and that can safely start your car when it’s out of juice.
The highest rated jump starters
|Name / Image||Learn More||Brand||Rating||Peak Amp||For|
Schumacher PSJ-2212 DSR ProSeries 1800-4400 Peak Amps Jump Starter
|Get the best pricefull review||Schumacher||1800-4400||Any car, truck or MC|
Jump-N-Carry JNC660 1700 Peak Amp 12-Volt Jump Starter
|Get the best pricefull review||Clore Automotive||1700||Regular cars/SUVs|
Jump-N-Carry JNC300XL 900 Peak Amp Ultraportable 12V Jump Starter with Light
|Get the best pricefull review||Clore Automotive||900||Smaller/regular cars|
PowerAll PBJS12000R Rosso Red/Black Portable Power Bank and Car Jump Starter
|Get the best pricefull review||PowerAll||N/A||Small engines/Boats|
Jump-N-Carry JNC950 2000 Peak Amp 12V Jump Starter
|Get the best pricefull review||Clore Automotive||2000||Trucks, Diesel and Large Trucks|
Some things you need to consider before buying the first and best jump-starter kit you can find, is:
A bigger vehicle (like most SUVs) with bigger engines requires more amps to get started — simply because spinning a larger engines will take more amps (think of amps as “force”). Also, if your car is completely drained or it’s cold outside, even if it’s a small car, you need more amps. The same goes for diesel.
A good jumper also gives you several attempts, before you need to throw in the towel and recharge it. You may have luck with a smaller jump pack, but they are not nearly as reliable as one with higher amps.
So with that out of the way, let’s look at …
Other important factors to consider
- Compatibility with your vehicle. Though this isn’t usually a problem, some cars have rather creative placements for the battery (or batteries). In most cases, the battery is easily accessible under the hood, and in 99% of the cases fit isn’t a problem. However, the power supply on smaller and inexpensive jump-starters might be a problem. Below I’ve made a short guide that helps you find the jump starter that fits your vehicle.
- Portability. We obviously want a battery booster we can have in the car (that’s the whole point). The boosters I’ve recommended above can all fit in your trunk (most people put them below with the spare tire. I know there are the ultra-portable boosters available, but I personally wouldn’t recommend these.
- Power supply. If you’re living in California or Oregon, you’ll also need to consider the energy complaint for battery chargers. All of the above starters come in two versions, one for California/Oregon and one for the rest of the US (and world).
- Other features. Some of these booster offers other functions too, such as a 12V outlet, light, LCD display and other fancy stuff. Personally, having had many jump starters over the years, I ike to keep it simple. My personal favorites are the Schumacher jump starters. They’re not super fancy, but they do what they say on the tin — they jump start your car. They’re reliable, keep the juice for months, and last for years.
How to jump start your car with a jump starting pack?
Like I said above, there are many ways to start a car with a dead battery. One of them is roll start, or push start, your car. This will only work on a manual transmission, or it’s very hard to do on an automatic gearbox as you can’t change gears the same way.
Another way is to use jump starter cables — but then you’ll need another car, and jump starter cables, and for some reason it can be hard to find someone that can help you when you really need it. Unless you know what you’re doing, this can potentially damage your car/battery and be unsafe! However, I’ve included a guide on how to safely jump start your car using starter cables in case you’re looking for that (a lot of people do this wrong!).
The simplest and safest way to do this is to use a jump starter pack (battery booster). See the video below for how to do it (with the Peak jump starter from the table above).
Which jump starter should I go for?
For the best and most reliable performance, you should pick a battery booster that is designed for your car. I’ve included some guidelines below, based on my own experience and the manufacturers recommendations. This will help you find the booster for your car. Usually, the type and size of the car is what you need to look at.
But, from my experience you can’t go wrong by choosing one of the renowned brands above (Peak, Schumacher and Black&Decker). They are all good, but it comes down to your use.
Also, a a jump starter with more “juice” (amps) will start your car more reliably and it will be good investment for your garage. A smaller booster i.e. JNC300xl might start your SUV – but not reliably, and not in cold weater. A larger jump starter will start your car in cold weater, give you more tries, and it will jump the battery even if it’s completely drained. It is a bit more expensive – but it’s well worth it in my opinion.
Regular (smaller) passenger cars
Here you can go for one of the smaller devices, such as JNC300XL (900 peak ampere). This will offer enough juice, and it’s a handy size.
Smaller SUVs (“half ton pickups”)
JNC4000 or ES2500, or equivalent jump starts from other manufacturers. These have 1100 peak ampere. Or the Schumacher PSJ2212 in the table above.
Larger SUVs and one-ton pickups
JNC950 2000 with 2000 peak amp
Construction equipment and trucks
Clore has a professional line of products for construction equipment and trucks. This is the line called SOLAR, and the HT1224 model is the recommended one for this use.